My 5 ½ months spent as a volunteer in India will always be a highlight of my not-unadventurous 80 years.
In 2014 I felt it was time for a volunteering challenge and searched the internet for something suitable. The answer came when I brought up the Raphael website, which spelt out a series of challenges – foreign travel,
work with people with a variety of disabilities, a different language and diet – ideal I thought!
Ignoring the well-meant objections which some of my friends came up with (too many challenges, too late in life etc.) I applied for a placement from July to mid-December and was approved after the usual checks. I noted with pleasure that no fees were payable, as is sometimes the case when volunteer agencies are involved. Continue reading Bob: More From Volunteering:→
It is with a heavy heart, we inform you about the sad demise of Bhola, one of our permanent residents who came to Raphael in 1959, the year of our establishment and left for his heavenly abode on 2nd January 2017.
Life has unexpected twists and turns and often what seems to be the very end may turn out to be the beginning of a beautiful story – a story of reaching out, of love and care, of helping hands extended in assistance to fellow travellers in life’s remarkable journey. Such has been the story of Bhola’s life. It is one which touches the well spring of human compassion, tenderness in human interaction and it spans countries. Continue reading BHOLA The gentle man who touched so many hearts→
My trip to Raphael can be summed up by one word . . . inspirational!
The vision, drive, compassion and commitment of Sue Ryder and Leonard Cheshire leave me in awe.
Others have said it before me but I will say it too . . . Raphael is a haven for the lucky few that call it home, enter through the arch way to learn, receive health care and a place where love and safety are provided.
The lady who first sparked my interest and inspired me to visit Raphael was Joh.
Our impression of Dehradun as we arrived at Jolly Grant Airport was of a verdant oasis with the picturesque Garhwal hills behind, signalling the mighty Himalayan peaks beyond. On arrival we found Raphael was a peaceful environment and the staff were most welcoming and informative, so we quickly felt “at home”.
As it was the school holidays for the first two weeks this gave us the opportunity to interact with the staff and residents of Ava Vihar, Shiv Sadan, the Little White House and the Chronic ward. The teachers discussed their comprehensive programs and there was much sharing of ideas and activities which the staff were eager to incorporate.
We enjoyed interacting with the residents of Ava Vihar and the Little White House and joined in with the music and singing sessions which were a popular time. We contributed new songs to their repertoire and joined their nature walks. Art activities and Physical activities were shared times also. John joined the boys from the Little White House for cricket in the sultry summer evenings and was impressed with their natural ability!
I have been asked to submit an article about my time at Raphael in October/November 2014 but I just don’t know where to start. My 19 yr old daughter and I spent almost two months at Raphael so you would think I could come up with something. My fear is not being able to do Raphael justice in just one short article. I have thought of every excuse under the sun not to write the article but here I am attempting to write it none the less. Continue reading Karen→